Lagos police Chief to probe torture of Mr. Macaroni, others
Lagos State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered investigation into the viral video that revealed how protesters at #Occupylekkitollgate were tortured by policemen.
The suspects, including popular comedian Debo Adebayo (Mr. Macaroni), were arrested separately and allegedly stripped of their clothing, beaten and sandwiched in a van by policemen who taunted them before they were eventually charged to court.
According to police spokesman, Chief Superintendent Muyiwa Adejobi, “the attention of the Lagos State Police Command was drawn to the viral video, where some arrested “#EndSARS protesters” were molested in a bus by some operatives after their arrest.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, who was piqued by this unprofessional and inhuman act, has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, to analyse the video and bring to book whoever that must have been responsible for the act.
Reacting to the footages, Odumosu, in a statement by the command’s spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi, ordered immediate investigation and identification of the culprits.
“The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a viral video where some arrested ‘EndsSARS protesters’ were being molested in a bus by some individuals after their arrest.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, who was piqued by this unprofessional and inhuman act, has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, to analyze the video and bring to book whoever that must have been responsible for the act.
“Odumosu reiterates that in as much the command is resolute in enforcing all laws in the state, it will not deviate from the Standard Operating Procedure of the Nigeria Police Force and provisions of the law in discharging its duties, noting that the command will fish out those responsible for the molestation and ensure they are punished for their unprofessional conduct.
“He further urges Lagosians to be law-abiding and maintain peace at all times as the police and other security agencies will not allow any violence nor break down of law and order in any part of the state.”
REF NO CZ: 5650/LA/PPRO/VOL.3/64
POLICE PRESS RELEASE, LAGOS STATE COMMAND, DATED 14TH FEBRUARY 2021
LAGOS CP CONDEMNS MOLESTATION OF ARRESTED PROTESTERS IN VIRAL VIDEO, INSTITUTES IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION.
The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn
— Lagos State Police Command (@LagosPoliceng) February 14, 2021